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Old 01-11-18, 10:09 PM
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Old 01-11-18, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by schundog

Nice looking Bike. Question, are those fat tires more impervious to goat heads and such than the thinner tires?
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Old 01-11-18, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Ballenxj
Nice looking Bike. Question, are those fat tires more impervious to goat heads and such than the thinner tires?
Thanks! It's new to me, but I would have to guess, "NO" to your question. I rode the thing in the snow the first week I had it, and crossed over an iced over weed-infested creek, and had caught a thorn that required a tube replacement (fine, as the original tires/tubes on this thing weigh a TON!) Guys that run tubeless tires will have much more luck avoiding punctures, I'm sure, but this basic Walmart bike, while fun, is NOT a $5000 Specialized/Salsa/etc... I DID have a lot of upgrades done to this one by a buddy of mine who works on bikes, and had some nice used stuff laying around.
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Here We Go Again!

The latest winter storm started about midnight with rain, then came the freezing rain and sleet. Now we get snow to top off the wintry mix. The temps fell below freezing early this morning and we may stay there for another week as the Arctic Blast follows behind the storm front. I may not get a ride in until next week. The only caveat is that I do have to get out into the rat race,
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Old 01-12-18, 09:38 AM
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Cold weather here in the DFW area this morning. Temperature the low 20s. Cold wind from the north made it feel like 11. But it was still a fun ride.
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Old 01-12-18, 02:45 PM
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20.5 miles (33.0k). I've ridden in colder temps but this morning (38) felt really cold to me. I must be getting old. At least I'm getting back to 20+ mile rides.

2018: 74.8m (120k) ♂ Total: 21,058m (33,890k)
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Old 01-12-18, 03:11 PM
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Did the usual 'Le Tour de Bullhead' with a stop at the bike shop for new tires. . .
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Short 30 minute ride (COLD!) on singletrack near Champaign/Urbana, IL, today.

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Those wheels and tires are GIGANTIC! You could probably go anywhere with those.
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Old 01-12-18, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Delwis
Those wheels and tires are GIGANTIC! You could probably go anywhere with those.
Yes they are, and he probably can.
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Old 01-12-18, 11:30 PM
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As long as I can keep them rolling!! The bike, a Mongoose Dolemite with some upgrades, is still pretty dang heavy.... Still, lots of fun for a really cheap bike; by the time summer riding season arrives, my light road bike is going to feel like a feather!
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20.7 miles (33.3k). Pretty cold to start but it warmed up nicely to just cold. Is it summer yet?

2018: 95.5m (154k) ♂ Total: 21,079m (33,923k)
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57 Miles Friday, on a cloudy day, today Saturday it's 60 with blue skies, I did ride today, 5 miles down to the library, picked up the book "The Haywire Heart, How too much exercise can kill you". I guess it's required reading for this forum. I'm going out for another long ride tomorrow, I hope the weather is as nice as today's, but I din't remember how to dress for 60 temps anymore. Last summer I would have thought it very cold. I guess start with layers and keep taking them off.
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Old 01-14-18, 06:41 AM
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I haven't been keeping up with posting rides this week. Friday morning, we had temps in the low 70s with a heavy fog and no sun until after I got done with my ride. What we did have was a wind that practically came out of nowhere with 30+ mph gusts. I was getting tossed around so much, I ended the ride at 25 miles because it was getting too dangerous to do the last 15 mile lap.

Yesterday, the temps feel to 52 at the start of the ride. It was overcast, humidity was at 70% and it was windy. Just a cold and nasty ride. Would have been better had the sun come out but we had no such luck. Rode with my buddy, who wanted to do at least 40 miles, so that's what we did.
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Old 01-14-18, 02:10 PM
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18.1 miles (29.1k). Cold and cloudy, not the most pleasant of rides but the '06 Tarmac is a fun ride.

2018: 113.6m (183k) ♂ Total: 21,097m (33,952k)
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A bit of a actual "Road Ride" on the comfort bicycle, normally I don't stay much off the trails/paths but the view of Pikes Peak is awesome from here. 14 mile RT with a lot of HILLS! [IMG]2018-Jan-BRoad-1 by BJ Ondo, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 01-14-18, 07:48 PM
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22.5 miles Sunday evening on the road bike at a decent clip considering how low my energy level has been lately (usual flu or whatever bug everyone else in my area has). Actually felt like riding more but didn't dress warmly enough and it got very chilly after dark so I cut it short. Gonna make up for it with a walk to the store in a little while.
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Originally Posted by bjjoondo
A bit of a actual "Road Ride" on the comfort bicycle, normally I don't stay much off the trails/paths but the view of Pikes Peak is awesome from here. 14 mile RT with a lot of HILLS! [IMG]2018-Jan-BRoad-1 by BJ Ondo, on Flickr[/IMG]
That's a good workout on a comfort hybrid. I rode one for my first year after resuming cycling in 2015. Tackled some hilly roller coaster routes to get back into shape.

I didn't realize how much of a workout you get with a comfort hybrid until I got a faster hybrid and road bike. Now when I use the comfort hybrid for errands and short rides it's a real challenge, especially the adductor muscles at the top front of the thighs/hips.

I keep thinking of selling my comfort hybrid but every time I ride it I still enjoy it, even if it's mostly for short errand rides and hauling groceries.
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38 Miles, Yesterday it was 60 blue skies everywhere. today was supposed to be in the 50s with lots of sunshine. I went out and it was cold! like 32 cold. I live on a large hill, or bute as they call it, I rode around to the other side where I rode into thick, cold fog. So I turned around and headed I towards the mountains where I could see sun. I rode up a road that goes to the ski resort, some sun and a little warmer, hands got very cold again.
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30 miles
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Did 20.2 miles on Saturday. First longer ride this year. Weather has been terrible!


Felt like giving up 3 miles from home. The last 3 miles are all up hill and I was fighting against the wind every inch of the way.


My thighs ache!!!!
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No riding today its been exceedingly wet out there and the last time I went out in the wet with waterproofs on I was worn out after 10 miles, got over hot.
Did 40 miles yesterday, mostly on cycle paths, was really enjoyable.
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Had my annual physical this morning and had a nice 30 mile ride afterward. Didn't have enough time for a 40 mile ride so I was going to do a 20 mile ride with my wife. While getting everything ready, our friend Karen showed up so my wife said to ride with her so she wouldn't slow her down. She should have ridden with us because we didn't go that much faster than she did. 15 chit-chat miles with Karen and 15 solo miles. Lots of families at the park with it being MLK day with temps in the 70s and lots of sunshine.
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No riding today since it was the "first day of legs scanning" for each high tibial osteotomy.

Yesterday was Hamster Wheel 200 in 12 Hours that did not go as hoped. 6AM had temps at 39F which is FREEZING for this fogey and the winds made it even worse. Started on the upright bar Paramount figuring 1 loop of 12 miles then a bike change to the 2018 Roubaix Expert. Rode the 12 miles then an additional 60 before I stopped and changed bikes. dumb, DUMB, DUMB since that first segment punished me and tuckered me out. Changed to Roubaix and beat myself up knowing I should have changed at 12 miles. Packed it in after another 72 miles so only 144 for the 9:05:43 time on the bikes.

NOT bringing the Paramount to Bike Sebring 12/24 Hours in 4 weeks.
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